Check out the new song from Stevie A. (Ace Spade) – All Day Long ft. TLee
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
Well I’m from SE Washington DC and grew up in Capitol Heights, MD, two of the hardest areas to grow up and live in. Having a dream is just that because most people from my hood don’t get to see the 10th grade, so to be able to still chase mine is a blessing. It took, and takes, a lot of grinding and fighting to be in my position. I’m not the most popular artist in the city yet, but I’ve done shows in states I never knew I would even see. But God is the biggest reason I am where I am today.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
“All Day Long” was written by myself, “Stevie Ace Spade,” and recorded by T-Lee and the song features him also on the hook. Production of the track is by way of Eric Moody from NC. This song is a summer hit that just represents the grind. It’s a song everyone can relate to, if you’re a hustler, 9-5er, graveyard shift, etc. It doesn’t matter. The insperation came from the way I felt when Eric sent me the track. I just wanted people to know I do this everyday all day and will countinue to to do this 25/8, 366, yahkno. And I like to give the fans something to vibe and ride to.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The hardest I would say would be withstanding the challenge of “personal life” and “artist life.” I have young children so being on the road and still being daddy is tough but I do this for them, I keep going “All Day Long.” Because of them I also look at it like “do they want this life I could soon have due to music and fame?” or do they just want a “regular life” with daddy always there. It’s a thought choice because it isn’t about me anymore, it’s all about them. It is a struggle and a challenge, but God got us and he guides mine and their steps and thoughts.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
My biggest set back was in 2006 when my bro/mentor Ike Jr. was incarcerated. Y’all may hear me in almost every song say “Free Jr.” because he was the biggest musical influence in my life, so to loose him in the mist of a good musical run for me was big. The whole team we had in place was decimated due to this unfortunate event, but everything happens for a reason. Now it’s more inspirational because I want to make it so he doesn’t have to be in the hood when he gets home in 2014. He’ll be able to live lavish and have a clear mind that everything is OK.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Themselves, because as artists, we think that we are great at what we do and there’s nothing wrong with that at all, but we need to see the bigger picture with our music. We do this for the fans, so if you’re not working to be a better person on track and in life then we’re not giving the people what they ultimately want, “a role-model.”
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Keep moving, keep grinding, keep bettering yourself. Have people around you that are doing the same so you and you won’t fall off track. The people around you says a lot about who you are as a man/woman, yahkno.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I like to show face and be involved in the community. Twitter, Facebook, blogs and sites like reverbnation.com and bandcamp.com helps alot also. I dont have many videos as of yet, but I will very soon due to my “Game 7″ mixtape droping 7/7/12 and also random photos, like showing the fans who I am, yahkno.
Where can people visit you?
Follow me on twitter @itsstevieyall. I’m the only one. Visit my bandsite at reverbnation.com/steviea and instagram.com/itsstevieyall. My personal website will be up this October so follow me and stay tuned yahkno.